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Remember that Stetson ad from the early 2000s with a hunky Matthew McConaughey? You know, the one where he's deftly jumping over fences and seducing a woman in a field full of horses? Well, today we're releasing a remade version of that ad, featuring none other than California's septuagenarian Governor, Jerry Brown.*

Backed up by new analysis of campaign records and other contributions filings, the online video shines a light on a cozy relationship that's emerged between Governor Brown and the oil industry in California.

The video parody, entitled “Frack Water” and produced with our friends at Heavy Crude Video, portrays a Governor Brown look-alike outside a southern California oil field accompanied by a California oil industry representative, in a shot for shot remake of McConaughey's 2004 Stetson cologne advertisement. It's the latest escalation in Oil Change International's "Big Oil Brown" campaign, pushing the governor to impose a ban on fracking for oil and gas in California.

At a time when California is dealing with one of the worst droughts on record, and climate change continues to change the state's landscape day by day, using massive amounts of water to frack for more oil that will push us farther into climate chaos is irrational. But it appears he is listening to the oil industry, who, our analysis shows, have spent upwards of $2 million in supporting his elections and pet projects in recent years.

The video and analysis come just 10 days out from Don't Frack California, a major demonstration planned for March 15th in Sacramento where thousands of Californians are expected to rally at the Capitol.

It's clear the Governor has a choice to make. He can stand with the Californians across the state calling for a stop to fracking, or he can continue to feed at the Big Oil trough.

California is on the brink of climate catastrophe and fracking up the state will help push it over the edge. Californians deserve better than to be beholden to Big Oil’s desires and befouled by their stench.

You can join the fight to stop fracking in California at

*or at least someone that kinda looks like him...

Originally posted to dturnbull on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 09:02 AM PST.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS, Climate Hawks, DK GreenRoots, and California politics.

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  •  Fracking in an earthquake prone state, is just (11+ / 0-)

    mind-boggling stupid, with a capital "S." Oh, well. I live in New Mexico and having a shoreline would be nice.

    Many times I’ve returned. Never was I the same in any of my guises. I feel inside, my times before, with no memories of each journey. My soul’s shadows haunt all the paths it has traveled.

    by Wendys Wink on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 09:19:05 AM PST

  •  "Jerry Brown on Fracking Protesters" (2+ / 0-)
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    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 09:38:21 AM PST

  •  We are playing wack-a-ball big time with (6+ / 0-)

    environmental issues these days.  Fracking in CA makes no sense at all.  It is insanity on steroids.  It is not the only place either where there is insanity going on and we have a critical time frame to have a say.  

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    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 09:39:06 AM PST

  •  Jerry Brown in 2016! (maybe as VP? (0+ / 0-)

    or if Hillary doesn't run?) :-)

    I'd love to see Jerry Brown as US President, and I think he'd do a fantastic job.

    I think the odds of this are very, very, very low.

    But the more he's attacked from the left, as in this diary, the more credibility he'll gain among average voters, who are needed to give him majority support.

    So, please proceed!

    •  He will be 78 in 2016 (2+ / 0-)
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      I like Jerry Brown although I am not happy about the fracking, but I don't think he is a possible presidential candidate at this point.

      •  Reagan was nearly 74 in 1984 (1+ / 0-)

        Not that he's a great role model (with Alzheimer's, let alone his policies). ;-)

        Jerry better choose a strong VP, if he runs! ;-)

        Or, not sure how it would play out for him to be Hillary's VP. Hillary will be 69 in 2016 (the same as Reagan in 1980, although in general women's lifespan is longer than men's).

        Either role for Jerry is highly unlikely. I think he'd get trounced as a Presidential candidate, and I don't think he'd be a net positive for Hillary (who I assume would win California, anyway). He'd fire up the base, but would be an easy target for the media to attack Hillary.

        Is it too early to speculate on what running mate would most boost Hillary's electoral prospects? ;-) Or at least some general categories?
        * Male or female?
        * Older or younger than Hillary?
        * From a red state or not?
        * Firebrand liberal, or 'centrist' Democrat?
        * well-known, or Dark Horse?
        * a (once-)Governor, or not?

        My guess is that Hillary will follow Bill's approach to politics (Third Way, 'centrist', DLC) and choose a well-known, barely-younger, centrist male from a swing/purple state. Hopefully, not an Andrew Johnson! (Think how different US politics would be now, if Lincoln hadn't been assassinated, or if say Thaddeus Stevens had been his VP. :-) )  Maybe Mark Warner (VA)? 39-yo Julian Castro? I don't think Wendy Davis or Elizabeth Warren (though I'd be happy with either).

        •  Yeah (1+ / 0-)
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          I don't think he adds much as a VP since CA is a given anyway. It seems like if you are Hillary, you want someone from the mountain west, midwest or south, ideally a swing state. A younger, male, more populist VP seems like it would be ideal if she gets the nomination, although I'm not sure the VP choice really makes much difference in the long run.

  •  Even though CA has no oil extraction tax, (1+ / 0-)
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    the state gets a fair chunk of change from oil & gas via sales, corporate income and property taxes.

    Oil & gas is not taxed until it begins producing. At that point, the tax assessor factors "proven reserves" into the property's value. Fracking can turn an old worn-out well with 10,000 remaining barrels into a fresh new well with 100,000 barrels.

    Boom... that's instant money for local governments, which takes financial pressure off Sacramento.

    I agree that fracking is a really bad idea. Increasing fossil fuel production is a really bad idea. But no matter how much you scold Governor Brown, his top priority will remain the resolution of the state's immediate financial problems.

    Until we give him better tools to raise revenue, he's going to use whatever is near to hand.

    “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
    he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

    by jjohnjj on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 11:16:56 AM PST

    •  budget will be toast w/ climate change (0+ / 0-)

      Of course I understand what you're saying and it's definitely something Brown is always paying attention to, unfortunately...but I guess my response would be that at some point we need to chart a new path!

      The idea of relying on fossil fuels to generate cash for our state's budget is just plain irrational...with each year we are facing more extreme weather in our state -- impacts that surely are affecting our state budget in massive ways. We shouldn't rely on digging up the fuels that are causing climate change in order to balance the budget.

  •  Isn't Frackwater endorsed by Brian Montana? (0+ / 0-)
  •  See you fellow California Kossacks in Sacto (1+ / 0-)
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    working on getting out the word on this rally for 350 here in Marin.

    Its on a saturday.  There are busses, rideshares, the works.

    Let's do it!

    RIP Nelson Mandela

    by boatsie on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:47:24 AM PST

  •  When I played the ad for my favorite (1+ / 0-)
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    husband, he laughed and said, "Oh, that's disgusting .................... I love it!"

    "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

    by Calamity Jean on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 01:01:13 PM PDT

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